Import while recording

You can record video directly into Final Cut Pro using your computer’s built-in camera or an external iSight camera.

Record live video and audio into Final Cut Pro

  1. Do one of the following:

    • To record using the built-in camera: Click the Import Media button in the toolbar.

    • To record using an external iSight camera: Connect the iSight camera to your computer with a FireWire cable, and click the Import Media button in the toolbar.

  2. In the Cameras list on the left side of the Media Import window, select the camera you want to import from.

    A live video image from the camera appears in the Media Import window.

    Media Import window displaying live video image from selected camera
  3. Click Import.

  4. In the window that appears, choose how you want to organize the imported media in your library:

    • To add the imported clips to an existing event: Select “Add to existing event,” and choose the event from the pop-up menu.

    • To create a new event: Select “Create new event in,” use the pop-up menu to choose the library in which you want to create the event, and type a name (for example, “Chris and Kim Wedding”) in the text field.

    To learn more about events, see Organizing libraries overview.

    Note: You can set storage locations for each of your libraries using the Library Properties inspector. For more information, see Manage storage locations.

  5. If you want to create optimized or proxy media, analyze the video, or analyze the audio, select the relevant checkboxes in the Transcoding, Keywords, Video, and Audio sections.

    If you don’t set Final Cut Pro to analyze your media during the import process, you can analyze it later (if necessary) in the Browser.

    Note: Some import options are available only when you import files from a storage device. For more information, see Organize files while importing and Import from a hard disk.

  6. When you’re ready to begin recording, click Import.

    The camera begins recording immediately.

  7. When you want to stop recording, click Stop Import.

A new video clip is created. You can click Import to begin recording again. You can repeat this process as many times as necessary.

Tip: You can also capture live video from some video camcorders over a FireWire cable using QuickTime X. For more information, see QuickTime Player Help (available from the Help menu when QuickTime Player is open).